Parable of the "Happy" Father's Day
On this day of great honor and respect, there were four Fathers whose days were filled with gifts and family.
The First Father did not receive the gifts he had asked for and as his family was gathered together, all they did was bicker and fight the entire day.
The Second Father was thankful to receive all of the gifts that he had asked for, but his day was also filled with bitterness, infighting, and anger amongst all of his children.
The Third Father was surprised that his family was actually all “playing nice” on Father’s Day, but taken aback by how he didn’t receive any of the gifts the he had hinted that he liked, and instead he received gifts that the family liked (technology stuff), but in which he had no interest. At all.
The Fourth Father was blessed with all of the gifts that he had asked for, and his entire family spent the day together in peace, love, and harmony.
Which one of these Fathers truly had a “Happy” Father’s Day? Hopefully it is clear to see why the Fourth Father’s day would be truly happy and why all the rest came up short, and hopefully that is easily relatable as a lesson to us being pleasing to God and honoring Him as our Father. (Hebrews 12:9; Malachi 1:6)
The Lord is our Creator. He is worthy of all of the honor, praise, and glory we give unto Him in worship, "Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created." (Revelation 4:11) We are called to worship Him, and to do so in spirit and truth. (John 4:24) Worshiping God in spirit and truth is showing our love for God in obedience, reverence, and respect.
But we also recognize that the Lord is our Creator. Not just me, not just you, but us. We are all God’s children. God is not pleased with our offerings if we are not right with one another (Matthew 5:20-24). God is not accepting of the worship of our lips to Him in song and prayer if with the very same mouth we are biting and devouring our brethren, our family, God’s family. (James 3:9-10)
God is not happy, God is not pleased, if we do not love one another from the heart. “We love, because He first loved us. If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.” (I John 4:19-21)
At the same time, just because we love our brethren and get along with others, or as a family, does not mean we love God. To love God is to keep His commandments (I John 5:3), and to do so with joy upon our hearts. The commands of God are not limited to how we treat our fellow brethren, but the commands extend to how we worship Him as well. May we offer Him what He has commanded; what He desires.
Pleasing God is not about either/or, it’s about both/and. We can’t just worship God but not love our fellow brethren and we cannot just love our fellow brethren but not worship God in spirit and truth with devotion. It must be both. "But woe to you Pharisees! For you pay tithe of mint and rue and every kind of garden herb, and yet disregard justice and the love of God; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.” (Luke 11:42) We need to be doing all that the Lord has commanded of us in worship and love, and not neglecting either or any.
Every day is our Father’s day. It is up to you to make it a happy one for our Father.